The International Cricket Council’s independent review,conducted by Lord Woolf,has called for sweeping changes in the administration of cricket. The review has recommended the restructuring of the ICC’s executive board to make it more independent and also states that influence of the bigger countries and the full-members must be reduced.
The review has said that the bigger nations in the ICC look after their own interest rather than that of the game. “The ICC reacts as though it is primarily a members club. Its interest in enhancing the global development of the game is secondary.”
Lord Woolf’s report also highlights the need to reduce the strength of Full Members and the appointment of independent directors. The ICC’s board currently comprises the heads of all Full Member nations,three representatives from the Associates and Affiliates and the ICC’s president,vice-president and chief executive. Woolf has recommended five independent directors,of which three are from within the game and two from outside with voting rights. The review also recommends that an ICC director should not concurrently hold any leadership or executive post with their home boards.
The current president of the BCCI,N Srinivasan is a director with the ICC. If the Woolf review recommendations are accepted,Srinivasan won’t be able to retain both posts. The vast differences in financial strength between Full Members have lead to an imbalance in power too,the review states. Members,who have financial clout are known to influence voting by offering that their high-profile team would tour in the future and in-turn help the hosting board generate revenue.